Shroud for the Archbishop: A Sister Fidelma Mystery [NOOK Book]

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Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664.  His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found. The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging ...
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Overview


Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664.  His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found. The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging someone without independent evidence.  So he asks Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church to look into Wighard's death.  Fidelma (an advocate of the Brehon Court), working with Brother Eadulf of the Roman Church, quickly finds herself with very few clues, too many motives, a trail strewn with bodies--and very little time before the killer strikes again.
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A second chapter in the seventh-century exploits of intelligent, highly educated Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church in Ireland, aided as before by Brother Eadulf of Canterbury (Absolution by Murder, 1996). The two have traveled to Rome, where Fidelma is to deliver messages to His Holiness and where Eadulf will serve as scribe to archbishop-designate Wighard of Canterbury, the guest of Bishop Gelasius at Lateran Palace. Among the many pilgrims in the city to witness Wighard's ordination are Abbott Puttoc of Saxony, an ambitious libertine, and haughty Abbess Wulfrun and her companion-servant Sister Eafa of Kent. Before the ceremony can take place, though, Wighard is found strangled in his quarters, and Irish monk Ronan Ragallach is accused of the killing but escapes his captors. Not completely convinced of Ronan's guilt, and aware of Fidelma and Eadulf's previous successes, Bishop Gelasius asks their help and assigns soldier Licinius to ease their way. As Fidelma goes about the tedious questioning of everyone in the vicinity at the crucial time, the body count begins to mount and various intricate plots are uncovered. In the end, though, Fidelma finds the answer to their quest rooted in the heinous crimes of the not-so-distant past.

The author's passion for the period results in an unrelenting stream of information—on Church theology, hierarchy, politics, rituals and residences, to say nothing of chapels and catacombs. The diffuse plotting, rarely compelling, suffocates under the onslaught.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814028
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Series: Sister Fidelma Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 103,668
  • File size: 300 KB

Meet the Author


Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym for Peter Beresford Ellis, a world-reknowned Celtic scholar with over 20 non-fiction books on various aspects of the ancient Celtic World. He lives in London, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Will It Get Better?

    I've read the first in this series (Absolution by Murder) and now this book the second in the series. Sister Fidelma, an Irish sister, is like a legal investigator and judge. She is assisted by Brother Eadulf, who follows the Roman rule of the Church. They pair up to solve a murder to ensure the Irish and Saxons will both abide by the decision since an Irish and Saxon religieuse were involved in the decisin. Knowing about the ancient Irish and Roman church's past helped me enjoy this series, but it isn't necessary. In the second book, Fidelma becomes more condisending and Eadulf becomes more of a doormat. I really didn't like that. They seemed more equal though Fidelma was obviously superior in deduction than Eadulf, but in book two it got to be too much, I felt. I was able to figure out most of the mystery in both books, which is sometimes that's okay and sometimes people don't like that. I'm okay with either way. The stories were interesting though both wer quite similar and I just don't know how people liked Fidelma with some of the way she acted towards them, but maybe I took things the wrong way too much. I may read on in the series at some point, hoping Fidelma and Eadulf become more equal. I love reading about Ireland and especially about ancient Ireland so I really wanted to love this series. But, I definitely like the Sister Frevisse Series by Margaret Frazer much better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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